Do you know what the leading cause of death in the United States is?
Nope, it’s not CANCER….
it’s HEART DISEASE.
It kills over 600,000 Americans a year, which is more than cancer, respiratory diseases and accidents.
This common misconception, is why the entire month of February is dedicated to educating Americans on the matter!
Not only is it the number one killer in Americans but it is the leading cause of death in women. Causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
So for the entire month of February, the FITgals are going to provide you with statistics and tips about heart disease and how to lead a healthier lifestyle to prevent it!
So what is heart disease?
It is an umbrella term for any type of disorder that affects the heart.
- Angina- which is when an area of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough oxygen.
- Arrhythmia – an irregular heartbeat.
- Congenital heart disease – this is a general term for some birth defects that affect how the heart works.
- Coronary artery disease – the coronary arteries, which supply the heart with nutrients, oxygen and blood become diseased or damaged, usually because of plaque deposits (cholesterol-containing deposits).
- Dilated cardiomyopathy – in this disorder the heart chambers become dilated because the heart muscle has become weak and cannot pump blood properly.
- Myocardial infarction – also known as heart attack, cardiac infarction and coronary thrombosis. Interrupted blood flow (lack of oxygen) damages or destroys part of the heart muscle.
- Heart failure – The heart does not pump blood around the body efficiently.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a genetic disorder in which the wall of the left ventricle becomes thick, making it harder for blood to leave the heart.
- Mitral regurgitation – occurs when the mitral valve in the heart does not close tightly enough, allowing blood to flow back into the heart when it shouldn’t.
- Mitral valve prolapse – the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle does not fully close, it prolapses (bulges) upwards, or back into the atrium.
- Pulmonary stenosis – it is hard for the heart to pump blood from the right ventricle into the pulmonary article because the pulmonary valve is too tight; the right ventricle has to do more work to overcome the obstruction.
So what can you do to protect yourself from heart disease?
The same thing the FITgals encourage people to do everyday…
Eat healthy,(lots of fruits and veggies) and exercise regularly!
And if you already do all of that… help spread the word!
Encourage your friends and family to learn the facts and take an active stand in their health!
Follow us on Twitter @FitTrition_DC for more tips on how to make a positive change in your health and prevent heart disease!